Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | June 17, 2010

An enthusiastic “thumbs up”

In my book, any movie with Morgan Freeman’s name on it is probably worth watching. So when I saw his name connected with the documentary Prom Night in Mississippi, I bought it for the library, and then took it home and watched it once it was processed and ready for checkout. I wasn’t disappointed.

In 1997 Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the high school prom in Charleston, MS—if it would be racially integrated. But his offer was turned down. He tried again in 2008, and this time his offer was accepted. (Can you believe there were schools in 2008 with segregated proms?!) As Freeman said, “You make the plans, and I’ll write the check.” This film documents Charleston’s reactions and reflections during the planning and prom itself.

You’ll see and hear some kids who are wise beyond their years, and some adults who need an attitude adjustment. In the suspense of community conflict, you may learn something about southern culture. And I’ll bet that you find yourself smiling at the vivacious authenticity of young, beautiful people.

~Janice

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  1. It reminds me of another documentary I watched last year about segregated marti gras festivals in the south. I can’t remember the name of the film. In the town documented they still had a white and a black parade, king and queen, and separate balls. The film makers interviewed many participants from both sides and their responses were surprising. It brought to mind how our own community is racially segregated. How does the hispanic community, such an intergral part of the farming community, participate in Berry Dairy Days, where we celebrate our agricultural heritage in this community?


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